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Preston unsung heroes from First World War to be remembered

Posted on - 23rd October, 2015 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - City Centre, Events, History, News, Preston City Centre, Things To Do
From left clockwise: Joseph Garstang, John Gregson and Beatrice Blackburn

From left clockwise: Joseph Garstang, John Gregson and Beatrice Blackhurst

Three unsung heroes from Preston’s First World War story are to be revealed in a new city walking tour.

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Beatrice Blackhurst, Joseph Garstang and John Gregson all played a role in helping the city through the 1914-1918 conflict.

A new project from Preston Remembers will guide history fans around the city to explain their stories.

Councillor John Swindells, deputy leader of Preston City Council, said: “The stories of soldiers being killed in the trenches during WW1 is a history everyone is familiar with and should never be forgotten. Many people have connections with their own family members who were lost.

“What is less well known is the untold effect it had on all corners of society -from people like Joseph Garstang who suffered horrendously for his beliefs – to the families left behind, refugees forced to flee their countries and those soldiers who came back but were forever changed by their experiences.

“It is extremely important to remember the far reaching effects of the First World War and how it changed our society forever. The walking tours tell these fascinating stories and capture the time perfectly.”

The tour begins from 11.30am at the Flag Market and also at Preston railway station on Saturday 7 November.

They last 30 minutes and run at 11.30am and 2pm on the Flag Market and 12.30pm and 3.30pm at the station.

Will you be going on one of these tours? Let us know in the comments below

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